The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Cost of filming near million By BOB THOMAS LOS ANGELES (AP) When a director starts a film with a f4.5-million budget and spends million, you expect the studio to be outraged. Not when the director is William Friedkin and the picture is Hie Exorcist. "I still don't know how much The Exorcist says-Friedkin, who won the Academy Award two. years ago for The French Connec- tion and is favored in this year's race. "I read in the trade papers that it cost million, and that may be true Nobody has told me, and it really isn't my ATA to press for control of teachers EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) will press for control over teacher certification dur- ing 1974, Dr. B. T. Keeler, the association's ex- ecutive secretary. "We hope the government will finally act on our request that we assume the major role in teacher certification and the control of teacher com- Dr. Keeler said in an interview. "We have been lobbying for the major role in teacher cer- tification for about six years and for the major role in assessing teacher competence for about two years but lately any action has been put off because of the work of the legislature's professions and occupations study, which recently handed down its report. "After all teachers have a greater stake in the quality of teaching service than anyone he said. "And one of the major "controls of that quality is entrance into the profession." He also said teachers are concerned about the financing of education. BIRCH FIREWOOD 329-4941 concern. I spent what I had to- spend to make the picture the best way I knew how. Warner Brothers must not have ob- jected, -because they never said no when I asked for more money." The reason why Warner Brothers did not explode may well have been the record of The French Connection. Made for million, it has brought 20th Century Fox a profit of million in the United States and Canada and million abroad, plus a million television sale. On the basis of only one week's returns in 25 cities, Warners sales manager Leo Greenfield predicted that The Exorcist will be the biggest earner in the company's history. He has predicted a minimum of million in the United States. SIMPLE FORMULA Friedkin's film-making for- mula is simple: "I try to make the best picture ever made. I go for the most I can get: All the reviews, all the box office, all the awards. I don't always succeed, but I try." Friedkin said he aims for his films to make the audience participate to laugh or cry or be scared. The Exorcist has already established its ability to scare. At the first showing of the film for Motion Picture Academy members, a half- dozen women and a couple of men found the going too rough and spent part of the time in the lobby. The Exorcist is ex- plicit in the scenes in which the devil takes over the body of a 12-year-old girl. What made The Exorcist double its budget? There have been all kinds of stories of unexplained and un- explainable dccurences on the film. Mostly, the costs rose because of the director's in- sistence on getting the kind of supernatural effects he wanted. The Exorcist comes from the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, who also wrote and produced the film. Blatty's story arose from a well-documented 1949 casesof a 14-year-old Mount Md., who ed to a normal life after cism apparently ended a series of strange happenings to him. THE YORK HOTEL Presents "MAGIC CITY" THURS., FRI.T SAT. EVERYONE WELCOME Tonight thru Saturday from Edmonton (f fled Wing AT THE MINERS' 733 -13th St. N. Members and Invited Quests Only! LABOR CLUB Corner 2nd Ave. and 13tn St. N. Weekend Entertainment In Tha) Clubrooms Friday and Saturday January 4th and 5th a "The Marketplace" Members and Their Invited Quests January 1974 THE LITHMIDOi HIRALO-7 Artist convinced work will sell to recording studio Glenn Gould, Toronto-born musician, is de- voted to the recording studio as a hermit to a cave and usually without shoes. Gould, who retired from giving concerts 10 years ago, remains very much a private man. Gould's genius is to bring his own creative interpretation to keyboard rather than re-creating the composer's music on concert stage. Paul McCartney granted visa Ex-Beatle to return to U.S. By LES LEDBETTER New York Service NEW YORK The famous face broke into a broad grin. James Paul McCartney, prevented for more than two years from entering this country because of an old marijuana conviction in England, had just been granted his visa and was mak- ing an unscheduled visit to New York. "We were visiting in Jam- aica for the holidays when news came through we'd got our the ex-Beatle, better known as Paul McCartney, said. "So we came here to visit with the Eastmans, Linda's folks. And we should be O.K. on other visits as long as we keep our noses clean, as they call it." When leaning back and plac- ing his boots on the coffee table, he leaned against his wife, Linda Eastman, as if to draw support for his next statement. LOVES NEW YORK "I've always loved New York; it's a great he said in a recent interview. "I love New York. We love New York. We love to be in New York." In the rambling, casual conversation that followed, the ex-Beatle discussed his plans for the future abroad and in the United States and his relationship with the other musicians who once combined with him to create a music that rocked the world. "I hope to tour this country in the coming he con- tinued. "We've got to put a band together first, do a few other things and then we can come on tour. We hope to do a benefit concert for Phoenix House (a drug rehabilitation center) when we're in New York." Looking relaxed and Internal Revenue Service re-examining Nixon taxes WASHINGTON (AP) -The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it is re-exam- ining President Nixon's in- come tax returns for the last several years. The IRS said represen- tatives of President Nixon are co-operating fully in the probe and had authorized disclosure of the action. The IRS did not say what years would be covered by the review. But there has been controversy over the returns for 1970, 1971 and 1972, years in which the president paid total taxes of less than An IRS spokesman said the tax agency could recover past taxes due for all three of those but the statute of limitations would have ex- pired for taxes due from yean before that. The IRS did not disclose the reason for its probe. The congressional joint committee on internal revenue taxation also has agreed, at Nixon's request, to review the chief executive's tax returns for the years since he entered the White House in 1969. The president's lawyers have estimated Nixon could owe as much as in back taxes if the deductions he claimed are disallowed. On Dec. 8, Nixon released a 6 86 (Plus Deposit) SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE FOR OUR NATIONAL BRAND SOFT DRINKS mass of personal financial data and allowed reporters to inspect his income tax returns for the years 1969 through 1972. The material showed that Nixon paid a total.of in federal income taxes for the four years, the bulk of it in 1969. The breakdown by year: in 1969; in 1970; in 1971; and in 1972. Main reason for the small tax payment during the latter years was a controversial deduction Nixon took for donating his vice-presidential papers to the government. Some critics claim Nixon failed to fulfill the legal requirements for making the donation before a provision allowing such deductions expired. The committee agreed to review Nixon's finances, but said it would not limit itself to the two areas he mentioned. Nixon has said he would abide by the committe's find- ing even if he owed back taxes. Ex-Dr. Kildare series star in new ABC show buoyantly happy, he talked about the success of his new album, "Band On The and the fact that his first movie score, for "Live And Let may be nominated for an Oscar. At 32, he looked almost as he had in the early 1960's when the Beatles first swept this country into their own brand of music. But his voice was richer and he spoke with the sophistication that time and money bring about, and his eyes lit up at any reference to his wife and three young daughters. WRITING "I'm writing a little bit, tak- ing it easy now. When you've got a big hit out" he noted, referring to "Band On The that's doing great, you don't sweat it much. You can lay back and take it easy." He continued, "after Chrissy that's a Liverpool word for do an album with my brother in January and then do something we've already got a few tracks on for Linda. It's called "Suzy and the redstripes" so that people don't buy it because it's Linda McCartney, wife of you know who. It's supposed to be a gentle, kind of anonymous thing, but then here I am talk- ing all about it." Discussing his former colleagues in the Beatles John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison McCartney confirmed there was a good possibility that the musicians might play together occasionally in the future. LOS ANGELES (AP) Richard Chamberlain is back on the home screen playing an American for the first time since the Dr. Kildare series went off the air. Chamberlain will be seen in P. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles, playing the role of the writer in the two- hour show on ABC next Mon- day. The program traces the re- turn to the United States of the Fitzgjeralds from France, where he spent the summer "in drinking and general un- and woven into their tragic lives is one of Fitz- gerald's short stories, The Last of the Belles, a fictional version of how Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre met. After the cancellation of Dr. Kildare in 1966, Chamberlain set out to change his image from a clean-cut American youth to classical actor. "I wanted to change my im- age, not only in the public's mind, but in my he said. "I lived with Kildare for five years and it became a part of you. I had a battle to break away from that and recreate myself in the audience's mind." Chamberlain, 36, has suc- ceeded admirably, with such productions as Hamlet, Richard II and Cyrano de Bergerac and such films as Petulia, The Music Lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb and the upcoming Three Musketeers. This year he hopes to make three films, two of them con- temporary, and the plans for two television projects. He is trying to put together a TV production of Cyrano, which he recently performed on the stage in Los Angeles. Show Times Thursday, January 3 PARAMOUNT THEATRE Short Subjects 2 00 7 00 9 05 THAT DARN CAT 2 10 7 10 9 15 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 05 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 7 15 9 30 AMERICAN GRAFFITI 7401000 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 30 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 7 00 9 05 EXECUTIVE ACTION 7 35 9 40 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 905 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT By MARVIN ZIVITZ EDMONTON (CP) Leslie Poole is convinced he can make a living as an artist "come hell or high water." "But it's been all hell so said the 31-year-old na- tive of Prince Edward Island. There's even been a bit of high water. One of his paintings was accidentally sprayed by firemen putting out a fire in an art gallery. Poole has had a conflict with Alberta government offi- cials and some of his paint- ings with frontal nudity have aroused controversy. Like many artists, Poole has to struggle to make enough money. He was unable to land a teaching job last fall and his last job-driving a truck for an Edmonton techni- cal an hour. But he continues working on his realistic paintings, many featuring detailed male nudes on backgrounds of stripes and cubes. PAINTINGS LARGE The paintings are usually large, some five feet high and 20 feet long. One problem is finding a gallery with enough space to make a proper pre- sentation. "I don't want to work big es- pecially, but nothing else works for said Poole. "I have made some smaller ones, but find I can't relate to them." With the assistance of a 000 grant from the Canada Council in 1973, he put to- gether an exhibition that was shown across the country. His latest hassle came over a portrait of former Lt.-Gov. J. C. Bowen, commissioned by the Alberta government. "The family liked the paint- ing, but somebody in the gov- ernment didn't. There is an open door in the background and that upset them." The portrait was to have been displayed in the legisla- tive building. "They (the culture depart- ment) told me it was not ac-_ Poole wiU be paid "for the work he put into and if another place is found to dis- play the painting, he will re- ceive the full the gov- ernment agreed to pay for the formal portrait. The bearded artist said some people have been of- fended by paintings with male frontal nudity. A 23-foot-long work that in- cluded a nude male was re- moved from an exhibition at University of Alberta after a university official com- plained. Poole has a difficult time putting a label on his paint- ings. "Most of them have rea- listic figures in a sort of room situation." He did a couple of paintings as a teen-ager, although he had never seen an art exhibi- tion. A relative encouraged him to pursue his art career at University of Alberta, and he graduated in 1967. He did post- graduate work at Yale University and has, taught in high schools and university. Offshore oil, gas plentiful HOUSTON (AP) Most geological surveys agree that beneath coastal waters of the United States there's enough undiscovered oil and natural gas to meet the country's de- mand for years to come. Because of the energy shor- tage and rising petroleum prices, offshore oil explora- tion has increased sharply, despite the protests of en- vironmentalists. Major oil companies bid a record billion on Dec. 20 for federal ceptable as a formal portrait. leases to explore They weren't interested in a work of art. They wanted a blown-up photograph. "I gave them a good paint- ing, but they didn't want it. I could have done a chintzy job and they would have taken it." NOTrACCEPTABLE Les Graff, an official with the culture department, said that although the painting was not acceptable as a formal portrait, the government may find another place to hang it. "It's a good painting, but we felt it was not suitable for the official portrait. The size, treatment and 101 other things made it unacceptable." for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. The new leases include the first off Florida's Gulf coast, and after a four- year moratorim, oil com- panies were permitted in November to resume explora- tion in California's Santa Bar- Channel, when a 1969 oil spUf aroused wide protests by environmental groups. The increased activity could produce enough new offshore wells in the next 10 years to replace petroleum imports from the Middle East, which totalled two to three million barrels daily until the Oct. 1? embargo. SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARD8TON Mayfair Thaatra "MR. SUPERINVISIBLE" in color. Starring Dean Jones. 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